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File #: 61356    Version: 1 Name: Amending PHMDC Operating Budget to Increase Staff due to COVID-19 Health Emergency and Add Funding to Support Testing Efforts
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/13/2020 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 8/4/2020 Final action: 8/4/2020
Enactment date: 8/7/2020 Enactment #: RES-20-00557
Title: Amending the Public Health-Madison and Dane County Operating Budget to Increase Staff Due to COVID-19 Health Emergency and Add Funding to Support Testing Efforts
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Lindsay Lemmer
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution amends the Public Health Emergency Response Planning Service operating budget by $2,274,568 to increase personnel expenditures ($1,682,068) due to the COVID-19 health emergency and increase supplies and services to support contact tracing and community testing sites ($592,500).

The resolution increases the Emergency Response Planning Service Overtime budget for staff reassigned to contact tracing and testing ($300,000) and the Hourly Wages budget for 17 LTE Disease Intervention specialists ($440,000), 20 LTE COVID-19 Response Specialists ($440,000), and 20 LTE Bilingual COVID-19 Response Specialists ($490,000). The resolution also authorizes funding 0.35 FTE of an unfunded vacant position to increase a Medical Interpreter position from 0.65 FTE to 1.00 FTE ($12,068).

The increased budget will be funded from County COVID Relief Funding. In 2021, and beyond, the cost of the 0.35 FTE increase will be absorbed into the City and County operating budgets. The City and County share in the costs for Public Health (net of revenues received) based on equalized value. The current split is 44.82% City and 55.18% County.
The employment term for the LTEs is unknown at this time. The need and tenure length for these positions is dependent on the state of the coronavirus on the community. Extending this positions beyond what is funded here will require additional grants, use of Public Health fund balance, and/or additional General Fund appropriation from Dane County and the City.

Resolution RES-20-00393 adopted on May 15, 2020, added $700,000 to the Public Health budget funded from County COVID Relief Funding. Public Health has also been awarded $5,171,975 from the CARES Act and $345,265 from the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act through the Department of Health Services (DHS). This funding is an amendment to Public Health’s ongoing Consolidated Contract with DHS.

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